Summer 2015 Ideas for Family Adventures over the School Holidays on a budget

Dear London Mums,

Summer is set to get hotter thanks to scorching events in the West End and Hyde Park. Keep your eyes on our social media networks and events’ calendar for family adventures, the latest happenings and child-friendly activities across the capital and beyond.

Being part of our London Mums’ network is particularly convenient this year as we have struck deals with West End theatres & London attractions to offer you super discounted tickets through the dedicated site http://londonmumsmagazine.entstix.com. summer

London Mums recently created kids’ club received an overwhelming response thanks to our child reporters’ genuine and honest reviews.

Even Mayor Of London Boris Johnson enjoyed being quizzed by London child reporters from Kidzcoolit.com Kids Club in collaboration with London Mums magazine on issues ranging from managing a big city like London, his aspirations as a child and his ambitions to become a Prime Minister, speaking foreign languages and which superhero he would like to be. Our exclusive light-hearted honest interview is probably the most genuine Boris has ever given. Enjoy! https://londonmumsmagazine.com/2015/mayor-of-london-boris-johnson-quizzed-by-children

London Mums magazine Summer Autumn collage

Our forthcoming Summer magazine issue (out in supermarkets in the second week of June) is dedicated to children and to inspirational children’s books’ authors including Cbeebies’ presenter and writer Cerrie Burnell and Tom Gates series’ author Liz Pichon. Watch this space for our Summer/Autumn issue.

Other magazine highlights include film critic Freda Cooper’s interview with rising movie child Star Raffey Cassidy, parenting expert DR MIRIAM STOPPARD Agony Aunt column and Dr Adam Fox’s article on how to fight allergies this Summer. Last but not least, you will love my five-minute chat with glam pop star and footballer’s wife Louise Redknapp who told me her secrets to family happiness and eternal beauty.

blogging social media PR support for mumpreneurs

Before heading off for a well deserved holiday with the kids, come to my Practical Workshop: Do your own Marketing Communications using social media on 18 June 2015 10am-3pm It will be a great networking opportunity (if you are in business) to learn how to do your own Public Relations and Marketing and save a lot of money as a result of it.

London Mums Magazine Spring 2015 issue 14 collage

Be inspired by a PR savvy and successful female entrepreneur in our Spring interview with Caprice.

Before packing your luggage check my Summer essentials 2015 feature to see if you find anything that inspires you among my best buys.

Father’s Day is almost here and London daddy blogger Michael Shilling has put together his light-hearted list of 10 things a first time dad really wants for Father’s Day.

The idea of strolling on a sandy beach in a bikini sometimes makes me shiver at the thought of the Winter blubber. But I have found a quick remedy to shed a few kilos in a few weeks. If you want to try this out, read my world exclusive interview with charming yet controversial Dr Pierre Dukan who told me that ‘he wants to motivate people to fight obesity’ (from London Mums Spring 2015 magazine). Love him or loathe him, you will find this chat interesting.

London Fun & family adventures over the Summer without breaking the bank

London is not always expensive. Just try to look around for bargains and freebies. Here are my tips to spend time in our beautiful Capital without breaking the bank.

Southbank is always a great London location offering free entertainment with a stunning backdrop. One of my favourites anyway! I share this love for Southbank with both our interviewees in our Summer magazine, Cerrie and Liz, who said that they love spending time there. Over the Summer the Southbank Centre is running a Festival of Love inspired by Nelson Mandela. It sounds promising.

Along the Thames another Summer festival is set to be colourful and entertaining for families: London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival 28 June 2015

Wandsworth event July 2015

If you prefer spending time in South West London, then a MUST GO FREE event is the Get Active Wandsworth Festival on Saturday 18th July 2015, King George’s Park

If you quote LONDON MUMS to a member of staff on the day, you will receive a FREE Goodie Bag. It can’t get better than that!

For cheap tickets to all London Attractions & Shows check our dedicated page with updated offers http://londonmumsmagazine.entstix.com/attractions/london-attractions

You can try to win 1 of 2 family tickets to Barclaycard British Summer Time Hyde Park’s Family Event 28 June 2015 (click on the link to enter).  Cannot wait to win?! You can also get £10 tickets special offer for London Mums to this event by clicking on this link.

BST highlights 2015 collage

Nature lovers should read Bear Grylls’ Top Ten Things To Do Before You’re Ten

Or embark in one of the Meek family’s Summer adventures:

GOING WITHOUT ELECTRICITY – LIGHTING

GOING WITHOUT ELECTRICITY – COOKING

Summer family adventures cooking collage

If you want to ‘bump’ into the Hoff try Mill Hill school which has amazing public sport facilities: Public School facilities are open for all to enjoy in NW7

London Mums child reporters have put together a great video review of Legoland Windsor which includes everything you need to know if you are thinking of going there.

What to expect from Legoland Windsor

A suggestion for a day trip to a truly British castle head comes from teenage reporter Chiara who loves Arundel – Read here what she thinks about it. All Medieval-themed Summer events at Arundel are listed in the London Mums events’ calendar.

 

Travel with kids – child-friendly child destinations

Firenze London Mums magazine collage

Sometimes it’s great to spend a few days away from home, so I have put together travel guides to some of my favourite destinations. Enjoy!

Firenze on a budget

Tuscany – FAMILY HOLIDAY EXPERIENCE UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN

The south Oxfordshire canal at 5mph

A hidden quarter of Paris

Mini Guide to Paris – Travelling to Paris with kids

 

Parenting help

Stressed-mum-and-homeworkSummer is good also to get children to catch up on school homework on their weakest subjects. But it is not always easy for parents who often struggle with that. Here are experts tips for schooling and other parental dilemmas.

How to help children conquer the fear of failure

How to Help Your Teenager Achieve at Exam Time

Easy ways to make maths fun for kids

Top 5 Ways To Help Your Au Pair Settle In

First Aid for Bumps and Bruises

 

FREE INDOOR ENTERTAINMENT

FREE ACTIVITY SHEETS Big Hero 6 Collage FREE ACTIVITY SHEETS Shaun the Sheep the movie collage

British Summer weather is not always consistent so here are some activity ideas for rainy days.

Disney’s Big Hero 6 FREEBIES including FREE ACTIVITY SHEETS to download

FREE ACTIVITY SHEETS from Shaun the Sheep The Movie

Little scientist experiments

Movies

Actor George Clooney attends the European press conference of Disney's "Tomorrowland: A World Beyond" on May 18 in London, UK (Credit : James Gillham / StingMedia.co.uk) JAMES GILLHAM/STING MEDIA

Actor George Clooney attends the European press conference of Disney’s “Tomorrowland: A World Beyond” on May 18 in London, UK (Credit : James Gillham / StingMedia.co.uk)
JAMES GILLHAM/STING MEDIA

Film review: Disney’s Tomorrowland starring George Clooney

London Mums meet Tomorrowland’s young star Raffey Cassidy

Woman Up! – Leading Ladies of Disney

Family Friendly Robots on the Big Screen

Listen Up! It’s Talking Pictures!

We all love the movies! And if you can’t get enough of the reviews from our charming resident critic, Freda Cooper, then here’s how to get more. Simply listen to her brand new movie podcast, Talking Pictures.

Summer Recipes

recipes color illustrationAPPLE TARTS WITH ALMOND FRANGIPANE

Great healthy French recipe for the family

Mini Carrot Cakes

NATIONAL PICNIC WEEK

Picnic Hamper

It’s National Picnic Week on 13th – 21st June. This week aims to provide people with the ideal opportunity to get together over a picnic and gives tips, advice and recipes to picnicking.

To ensure your alfresco dining experience goes without a hitch, we have put together a few articles:

How to create the perfect luxury picnic hamper!

Al Fresco Feasts part 2: Seaside Fish Finger Crusty Rolls

Al Fresco Feasts part 3: Summery Chicken Salad Wrap

Al Fresco Feasts part 4: Smoked Salmon Picnic Crackers

Al Fresco Feasts part 5: Sunny Citrus Shortcakes

Al Fresco Feasts part 6: So Easy Chocolate and Summer Fruit Ripple

Competition Time

London Mums competition giveawayCheck our competition section as we add new giveaway every week. The latest include:

5 pairs of Muddy Puddles Puddleflex Wellies to celebrate Shaun the Sheep the Movie DVD

2 family tickets to Barclaycard British Summer Time Hyde Park’s Family Event 28 June 2015

5 Puffin paperbacks bundles including books by Jeremy Strong, Megan Rix & Chris Bradford

 

Have a great Summer and keep in touch via social media or by email.

Let me know what you think of this issue at monica@londonmums.org.uk or via Twitter at @londonmums

Monica

monica@londonmums.org.uk

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